NICE 2008/09 annual report
The role of NICE has been greatly expanded over the last decade and the report describes how this will continue. The report describes how, as a result of Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review, NICE has taken on new responsibilities for setting clinical and public health quality standards to help health and social care professionals achieve the best outcomes for patients for the best value for money. The report also describes the recently launched NHS Evidence, a web portal that that helps people access high-quality clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice.
It has been an eventful year for the Institute, explains Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive. "Our processes and recommendations were closely scrutinised in the High Court when our clinical guideline on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and our technology appraisal of drugs for osteoporosis were both subject to judicial review. In each case our guidance was upheld.
“Our processes are robust because we've spent 10 years developing them. Over the past decade NICE has published close to 600 individual pieces of NICE guidance. This year alone, we've sought the opinions of our stakeholders and the public on updated process and methods guides to all of our guidance programmes. We have earned a national and international reputation for the quality of our work; and we have made a real difference to the lives of millions of people.”
The report includes sections on NICE's clinical guidelines, technology appraisals, interventional procedures and public health guidance. Each is illustrated with case studies highlighting the key issues tackled or how the guidance will be put into practice.
13 July 2009
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